The New Testament ... from a historians perspective
Learn about the history behind the stories you heard in church.
Dr. Bart D. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his undergraduate work at Wheaton College and earned his M.Div. and Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary.
Professor Ehrman has written or edited 27 books, including four best sellers on The New York Times list: Misquoting Jesus: The Story behind Who Changed the Bible and Why; God’s Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question—Why We Suffer; Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (and Why We Don’t Know about Them);and Forged: Writing in the Name of God—Why the Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are. Professor Ehrman also served as president of the Society of Biblical Literature, Southeastern Region; book review editor of the Journal of Biblical Literature; editor of the Scholars’ Press monograph series The New Testament in the Greek Fathers;and coeditor-in-chief for the journal Vigiliae Christianae.
Professor Ehrman received the John William Pope Center Spirit of Inquiry Award, the UNC Students’ Undergraduate Teaching Award, the Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty, and the Bowman and Gordon Gray Professorship (awarded for excellence in undergraduate teaching).
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The New Testament - Part 1 of 2 A Prescott OLLI, Fall 2 2013 offering
Whether you consider it a book of faith or a cultural artifact, the New Testament is among the most significant writings that the western world has known. Scarcely a single major writer in the last 2,000 years has failed to rely on the web of meaning contained in this book. Yet the New Testament is also among the most widely disputed and least clearly understood books in history.
... In these lectures Professor Bart D. Ehrman develops a carefully reasoned understanding of the New Testament—and the individuals and communities who created its texts.
Professor Ehrman's approach as an historian "suspends" belief or disbelief to understand how, when, why, and by whom the New Testament was written. He explains in detail the light that historical research brings to the texts. He also reviews key texts omitted from the New Testament.
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